Ever wonder where our capacity to love actually comes from? It’s pretty clear that our ability to love is something that was given to us by God. In fact, the Bible verses about God’s love that I read tell me He is Himself the essence of love and has passed that on to us.
Granted it’s not always easy loving others. Often times we choose to love others based on how they act towards us. But that’s not how it is with God.
God’s love towards us is unconditional. That means He loves us no matter what. We can’t do anything to reject, or bypass or disown His love. He can’t help it – love is part of His nature. He loves us – all of us – equally and without hesitation.
If you doubt that, just look at these verses about God’s love found in the Bible.
Bible Verses About God’s Love
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Any discussion on Bible verses about God’s love could start and end with John 3:16. God’s love is so vast that He loves all the people of the world – from its creation to this present day and into the future. He decided to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins.
God’s hope is that we will believe in Jesus and accept Him into our life. In doing so, we begin a personal relationship with God and everlasting life awaits us with Him in heaven when we die.
“Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it. The Lord delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples…”
This passage may not be one that immediately comes to mind but I think it shows an important point. The heavens and earth and all that is in them belong to God. He created it all to showcase His glory. But that wasn’t enough for Him.
Instead of relishing in His own glory in the heavens for all eternity, He chose to create mankind. He created us so He would have someone to love. And His desire and hope is that mankind will choose to love Him back.
“But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.”
God doesn’t just love a little. He loves a lot! He is FULL of compassion. His love tank never gets low.
His love is demonstrated by being patient with us, by being kind, by forgiving us and by being merciful. And because in His being He is fully love, He would never be untruthful in what He would tell us through His Word.
“Help me, O Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love.”
The love of a family member or friend may fail us one day. Not so with God’s love. His love is constant, reliable and dependable. When all others may forsake us, God will be steadfastly at our side, ready to shower us with His love.
This theme is repeated over and over in the Bible in many different ways. Not only in other Bible passages which express the theme (Jeremiah 31:3 – “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness…”) but also in God’s actions. God not only IS inherently love but He ACTS OUT His love towards all mankind.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ [Jesus] died for us.”
Next to John 3:16, this may be the most important of the Bible verses about God’s love. It shows us that we can’t do anything to deserve God’s favor. We can’t be good enough to win your way into heaven. We were born sinful people and as such are naturally separated from holy and perfect God.
God loves us despite our sinful nature. And don’t miss this…He sent Jesus to die for our sins before we even were aware of our need for a Savior. He laid the path to salvation out there for us to see and all we need to do is believe and accept it.
Romans 8:35, 38-39
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wow! What a comfort these Bible verses about God’s love are. They really speak for themselves – NOTHING can separate us from God’s love. We should always remember this but especially during times when we are feeling alone, in trouble, persecuted by man or spiritually oppressed. God’s love is always present no matter what we are going through.
I Peter 5:6-7
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Because God loves us, we can go to Him with our needs. No care is too small for Him to know about. In fact, God desires that we bring our cares to Him. Even though He already knows what is going on in our lives, He wants us to go through the action of humbling ourselves and asking for His help.
I John 4:7-8; 19
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love…We love Him because He first loved us.”
Love is a character trait of God. This verse makes that clear. And two things stand out to me from these verses: 1) we can only love God because He loved us first and 2) because God loved us, we are to love one another. In the way God unconditionally loved us, we are to love others in that same way. That includes those we disagree with, who we fight with and even those who don’t love God the way we do.
Love Never Fails
There is a famous passage in the New Testament that is often read at weddings. It’s I Corinthians 13 and it’s all about the characteristics of love. Of course at a wedding the imagery is of how a husband and wife will love one another. But I can’t think the about the passage on another level.
Go read the passage and each time you read the word “love”, insert the word “God’s” right before it. What you will find when you do this is that love – God’s love – suffers long and is kind. It doesn’t envy or behave rudely. God’s love doesn’t think evil towards us and is not looking out for Himself.
God’s love bears all things, hopes for all things and endures all things.
And God’s love never fails.
Questions for Discussion: What other Bible verses about God’s love are special to you? When was a time when you experienced God’s love in a special way? What’s the hardest part for you about loving others?